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Corruption, red tape and the flagging promise of cheap renewable energy in Mexico, by Carlos Guadarrama


Carlos is an MPAID class of 2018 alumnus. He was an Energy Sustainability Scholarship recipient by the Mexican Federal Government. Before HKS, he lead the Getting Electricity and Dealing with Construction Permits indicators in Spanish-language Doing Business reports at the World Bank.   Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, the day I flew back to Mexico City hoping to finally settle […]

Lessons from the Mexican Election for Campaigns in the United States


BY BEN MCGUIRE Fresh on the heels of a disastrous G7 summit, Mexico is poised to elect a President whose aggressive approach may scorch as much earth as his northern counterparts. A victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known as AMLO) will immediately impact negotiations over NAFTA and immigration. Regardless of how the race […]

Drug Policy Innovations in Latin America


This article was published in the 2015-2016 edition of the Latin America Policy Journal.   By Zara Snapp                   In the last twenty years, violence in Latin America has reached staggering levels. Although Latin America and the Caribbean are only 8 percent of the global population, the region […]

President Trump Gets a Second Chance to Address Labor Rights in NAFTA


BY MADISON CHAPMAN After a tumultuous August in Washington, one thing is certain: the Trump Administration will amend the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the July 7th G20 Summit, where each expressed a desire to conclude any NAFTA discussion by year-end. According to a […]

Trump’s War on Trade


BY ADITI KUMAR Donald Trump declared last week that he “doesn’t mind” starting a trade war with Mexico “when we’re losing $58 billion a year.” Not only is this a gross mischaracterization of our trade relationship, it also suggests a trade policy that will harm U.S. economic and political interests. Clearly, many aspects of U.S. […]

Trouble in the Neighborhood: Mexico’s Search for the Missing 43


BY TANIA DEL RIO Things have not been quite the same in Mexico since Sept. 26, 2014. It is hard to know for sure what happened that day, and with the release of a report on Sept. 6, 2015, almost a year after, it became painfully obvious that we may never know. What is certain is […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Mexico: Modernization and a New Economy


Enrique Peña Nieto was born on 20 July 1966. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He was a State Legislator for the State of Mexico, the most populous one in the country, between 2003 […]

Development and Economic Growth

Mexico’s Loneliness: Our drug wars are not over


BY MIGUEL GUEVARA On September 26th, students from the rural teacher training college of Ayotzinapa traveled to Iguala – 120 miles south of Mexico City. The students needed to raise money for a trip to Mexico City, and consequentially asked drivers from Iguala for donations to fund their trip to the capital. While the students’ […]

Fairness and Justice

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